#2 Texas Slips By KU, 1-0
April 22, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Amber Hall’s seventh-inning home run lifted #2 Texas to a 1-0 win over Kansas Saturday in front of a record crowd of 1,217 at Arrocha Ballpark. With the victory, the Longhorns improved to 45-4 overall and 11-1 in Big 12 play while the Jayhawks, who had a five-game win streak snapped, moved to 26-21 and 5-7.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Each team managed two hits in the pitching duel. Val Chapple and Serena Settlemier collected hits off All-American Cat Osterman (29-1), who finished with 13 strikeouts and no walks in the complete-game shutout.
KU’s Kassie Humphreys (12-14) struck out five Longhorns, walked none and gave up a home run to Hall and single to Desiree Williams in the seven-inning effort. Both teams were errorless and stranded no runners on base.
Prior to the game, Kansas Athletics retired the jerseys of Jayhawk All-Americans Sheila Connolly and Camille Spitaleri. Connolly (1983, 85-87) was a two-time All-American, Academic All-American and member of the KU Athletics Hall of Fame. The outfielder and shortstop was an NCAA First Team All-American and Academic All-America First Team selection following her senior season at Kansas in 1987.
Spitaleri is Kansas’ only three-time All-American and was one of college softball’s outstanding players during her career with the Jayhawks. The third baseman helped Kansas to its first-ever NCAA College World Series in 1992 and was inducted to the KU Hall of Fame shortly thereafter.
KU wraps up the Big 12 series and a seven-game home stretch Sunday against the Longhorns at noon.